Some eagle-eyed Filipinos observed that the ballots and election returns reportedly present in Cavite bore signatures made on election day.
These observations got here after the Fee on Elections denied these ballots have been the official ones used on Could 9.
A Fb person named Rodne Galicha beforehand shared images and a video clip of black containers containing official ballots and different election paraphernalia that have been discarded and drenched within the rain.
Galicha shared that these supplies have been forwarded to him by his pal who claimed to have discovered them at a vacant lot in Cavite.
Labels within the containers confirmed that its tackle is attributed to a precinct in Tondo, Manila.
Galicha’s publish quickly blew up on social media and ultimately reached Comelec.
In a earlier interview with ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo, Comelec Commissioner George Garcia denied that the ballots seen within the publish have been used throughout the conduct of elections.
Garcia said that they have been for coaching ballots for the ultimate sealing and testing processes.
“Ito po ay mga coaching ballots — that means ‘yung mga balota na ginamit natin nung tayo ay nagte-training on the identical time nagfa-final testing and sealing — at mga ilang dokumento,” he was quoted in a report as saying.
Based mostly on Comelec’s election calendar, the deadline for the testing and sealing of the vote-counting machines (VCMs) was on Could 7, 2022.
Garcia additionally assured the general public that the ballots utilized by voters in Manila, the place the containers supposedly have come from, have been “correctly accounted” for.
Observations on social media
Some on-line customers weren’t satisfied by Garcia’s response.
They shared their very own observations primarily based on the images and movies that circulated on-line.
A few of them observed that the election paperwork within the images bore signatures and the date when it was signed.
“Could date nakalagay Could 9, 2022, could mga signatures pa jusko,” one on-line person said.
“Coaching ballots pero could precinct at could mga pirma?” one other person tweeted.
“Coaching nung Could 9, mismong araw ng halalan? Sobrang cramming naman nyan…6 am begin ng botohan. 18 hrs din kayo nagtatrabaho?” one other Twitter person commented.
They have been referring to the photograph that confirmed a signed certificates of election receipt on Could 9, 2022.
One other photograph additionally confirmed an election receipt with signatures.
One Filipino, in the meantime, requested why the containers have been labeled as official ballots in the event that they have been for the testing course of solely.
Ahh so di pala kami marunong magbasa? Coaching ballots pala basa dito? Okay. pic.twitter.com/lbXucplGDH
— JEN (@lesyeuxdeJC) May 22, 2022
Some on-line customers additionally questioned the way of disposal of the ballots whether or not they have been official or not.
“Bakit ganun ang paraan ng pag discard??? Tabing kalsada tapunan? Manila to cavite?” one Twitter person asked.
“Coaching ballots. It ought to nonetheless be an official Comelec doc, proper? So why was it in a vacant lot?” one other person requested.
Comelec probes disposal of ballots
Comelec has but to challenge an replace about this incident.
Garcia earlier instructed TeleRadyo that the ballot physique may even probe why the ballots addressed in Manila have been found at a web site in Cavite.
He stated that they’ll ask F2 Logistics, the contractor employed to move election-related paperwork, to clarify in the event that they have been accountable for discarding these containers.
“Inaalam na lang namin bakit nadala ng F2 Logistics, ‘yung aming supplier, mula sa Tondo papunta sa Cavité, at bakit andun lang sa isang tabi,” the ballot commissioner was quoted as saying in a report.